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Central Florida group seeks solutions to save lives of black mothers and infants


The mission of Black Maternal Health Week is to raise national awareness of health issues affecting black pregnant women. Jennie Joseph has become one of the world’s most respected midwives and an authority on women’s health. She was named one of Time magazine’s 2022 Women of the Year. She joined a group of panelists Thursday at the Smith Center in Orlando to work on improving black maternal health. It’s at a crisis level, but we just won’t call it that,” Joseph said. The facts are that the United States has the highest pregnancy-related death rate in the developed world. research shows that black women are three times more likely to die during pregnancy and postpartum than white women.Ocoee Rep. Kamia Brown hosted the event. that happens during these times, which is one of the main reasons why these mothers die,” Brown said. Other major factors include implicit biases or stereotypes that affect our understanding. Of the times that occur among those who care for you.” One of the nurses confessed in front of me, yes, I thought it was because of the color of your skin that you might have more pain,” said Minyon Outlaw, a wise nurse. woman certified.Another o bstacle is access to health care. “Expanding Medicaid might be the thing that closes this access gap,” said pediatrician Dr. Marie Samerson. Florida is one of 12 states that have chosen not to expand Medicaid. Doctors, doulas and midwives all want to change what has become a critical situation. They say the structure of care delivery needs to change. change it,” said Keisha Lockett, a certified black doula with Dona International. Another bill supported by Brown, which passed this year, is the Human Milk Donor Banking Services legislation. This allows Medicaid recipients to receive donor breast milk at no cost.

The mission of Black Maternal Health Week is to raise national awareness of health issues affecting black pregnant women.

Jennie Joseph has become one of the world’s most respected midwives and an authority on women’s health. She was named one of Time magazine’s 2022 Women of the Year.

She joined a powerhouse of panelists at the Smith Center in Orlando on Thursday to work to improve black maternal health.

“Anyone can tell you about one or more people who have been injured or died. It’s at a crisis level but we just won’t call it that,” Joseph said.

The facts are that the United States has the highest pregnancy-related death rate in the developed world.

Research shows that black women are three times more likely to die during pregnancy and postpartum than white women.

Representative Kamia Brown of Ocoee hosted the event.

She has championed half a dozen women’s health bills, including extending postpartum Medicaid benefits from just six weeks to 12 months.

“It’s important that they get the health care that they need, or the bleeding that happens during these times, which is one of the main reasons these mothers are dying,” Brown said.

Other major factors include implicit biases or stereotypes that affect our understanding. This sometimes happens among those who care for you.

“One of the nurses confessed in front of me, yes I thought it was because of the color of your skin that you might be in more pain,” said Minyon Outlaw, a certified nurse midwife.

Another barrier is access to health care.

“Expanding Medicaid might be the thing that closes this access gap,” said pediatrician Dr. Marie Samerson.

Florida is one of 12 states that have chosen not to expand Medicaid.

Doctors, doulas and midwives all want to change what has become a critical situation.

They say the structure of care delivery needs to change.

“We’re going to have to partner with obstetrics, like really become a team, a strong team to be able to change that,” said Keisha Lockett, a certified black doula with Dona International.

Another bill supported by Brown, which passed this year, is legislation on breast milk banking services.

This allows Medicaid recipients to receive free breast milk from donors.


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